South Queensferry, Scotland, seen from the Back Braes (back lanes) at 12:53 PM on Christmas Eve, 2009.

Snow (other than the short lived inch or so) has become increasingly rare at this latitude in Scotland over the last 20 years, so it is nice to see a decent fall of snow, even if it does cause chaos to our transport systems.

South Queensferry was created a Burgh of Regality in the 13th century and made a Royal Burgh in 1636. It traded actively with Europe in the 17th century. Buildings dating from this period include Laburnum House, the Hawes Inn, the Tolbooth Tower, the Black Castle, the Old Parish Church and Plewlands House. St Mary’s Episcopal Church (from 1441) was a monastery and hospice before the Reformation. The Hawes Inn features in Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel ‘Kidnapped’.

Today, South Queensferry is a dormitory settlement for Edinburgh and a yachting centre with electronics, oil storage and tourism.

Dominating the shot is the Forth Road Bridge. The bridge is nearly 1828m (2000 yards) long while its main span, of 1006m (3300 feet), is the tenth longest in the world; its towers are over 150m (500 feet) high. The deck, which carries four lanes of traffic with two walkways, is suspended from cables which are 5.9cm (2.3 inches) in diameter and composed of 11,618 high-tensile steel wires, giving a total length of wire of 49,280 km (30,621 miles). When it was opened by HM Queen Elizabeth II on the 4th September, 1964, the bridge was the longest in the world outside the USA.

Along with the Forth Rail Bridge (about half a mile to the East) these two bridges form the main traffic arteries north and south.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm IS


Single RAW image tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 3.2.

Related shots can be found at:
South Queensferry, Lowland Scotland and HDR.

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  • BCImages
    BCImagesabout 5 years ago

    sorry tom cant see the image due to RB’s glitch in the system will check back tomorrow mate

  • BCImages
    BCImagesabout 5 years ago

    aha it sprung to life when I sent previous comment great image mate

  • Cheers Steve. I am also having difficulties. RB has some major problems today …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Adri  Padmos
    Adri Padmosabout 5 years ago

    Hopely it springs to life when I send my comment…….

  • Adri  Padmos
    Adri Padmosabout 5 years ago

    And…….YESSS……very very slow…..but it did….!!
    Beautiful winter scene, Tom!

  • Thank you so much Adri. I think we are all having problems with RB today …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 5 years ago

    a wonderful capture Tom and great treatment.x

  • Thank you kindly dear Catherine, so glad you like it …

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 5 years ago

    Looks gorgeous Tom!!!!!

  • Thnak you so much dear Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowabout 5 years ago

    Lovely view Tommy….nice capture…..Love all your images around the Forth Rail Bridge….great views always!!!! I now see the value in adding a card or framed print on the side of my page…. that is always present even when the main pix will not come up!!!!! Go figure!!!

  • So pleased you like it Jz, the town is quite photogenic, so I just have to point my camera …

    I have been trying to add a Laminated Print image under the text, but the stupid system will not allow me to do it today. I will sort it out when RB stops being a pain …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 5 years ago

    lovely shot Tom

  • Thank you so much dear Tina …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkabout 5 years ago

    Outstanding image Tom instant fave

  • Thank you kindly Chris, so pleased you like it …

    – Tom Gomez

  • MichelleR
    MichelleRabout 5 years ago

    you truly have captured some gorgeous winter scenes. Keep up the great work.

  • Thank you so much dear Michelle …

    – Tom Gomez

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